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http://bookviewcafe.com/blog/2012/06/13/geek-versus-girl/

I am a dyed-in-the-wool, unapologetic feminist, but I never was particularly conscious of being denied anything because I was female growing up, either. Which is only speaking for me, and not anyone else. In fact, I remember both as a kid in school and later in college, the male mentors in my life pushing me to excel as if I was their own kid, which helped break me out of a shell of shy geekiness that was the truly uphill path I had to travel in school. I felt denied and left out for that all the time, but I also felt that I had a choice in that matter: if I'd wanted to conform and be one of the drones, I could have. I always lived on that cusp. I chose not to.

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ponygirl2000
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
I wasn't denied anything but I remember feeling very conscious that when I went into the sci-fi section or the comic book store I was going into boys' territory, something that was re-inforced when so many of the stories were about boys or featured only one woman among many men. And there were times when I was at the height of my early teen awkwardness I wouldn't be able to make myself venture into those spaces. I don't remember ever wanting to be a boy but I do remember the characters I would invent in my head to join in on these adventures were usually male until I made a conscious decision at some point to change that.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 13th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
I don't have any particular memories of how I felt in the sci-fi section of the library or store, except that most descriptions of the stories on the back of the book (or the inside sleeve) sounded really boring.

I was picky about my ssf.